Here we go again smashing the patriarchy. Happy Father’s Day! Plus: the most romantic apology in all of fiction, and glimpses of Darcy and Knightley as fathers. It’s all there in Austen.
Austen does have some spectacularly useless fathers. On a recent re-reading of Emma, I was struck that Mr Woodhouse made Emma quite a lot more likeable than she would have otherwise been.
Although I loved the BCC Pride and Prejudice all those years ago, I did think that its sympathetic portrayal of Mr Bennett was a real downfall.